Best e-book readers of 2014


Looking for an e-book reader? You have more choices than ever before--though the number of models we at CNET can enthusiastically recommend is actually pretty short. Presented below are our favorite black-and-white e-ink models, including some that have built-in lighting. All of these models are priced between $69 to $149, and offer longer battery life and a more "paperlike" reading experience than color LCD tablets. Note that many of the competing models are closely matched, so be sure to read the full reviews (and the stories linked below) before making a buying decision.

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Best overall e-reader

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013)

This is the best ebook reader in the world right now. Providing you can spare more than £100 to read books, you won't be disappointed.

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4.5 stars Outstanding Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best ebook reader around

Best ad-free e-ink reader

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight

While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem.

4 stars Excellent

Excellent touch-screen e-ink reader

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.

4 stars Excellent

Best e-reader under $70

Amazon Kindle (2012)

The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.

3.5 stars Very good

Excellent open e-reader

Kobo Glo

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

3.5 stars Very good
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